In line with its mission to promote young talents and STEM subjects, the Wilo-Foundation is the new sponsor institution of the Jugend forscht (Young Researchers) contest in the Dortmund region as of 2019, together with Dortmund-based pump manufacturer WILO SE and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The contest takes place in February of each year.
Jugend forscht is Germany’s best-known youth competition, designed to encourage and promote talented achievers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It seeks to inspire youth and children from fourth grade onwards to explore STEM subjects in greater depth and enable them to test their talents in this field. In more than 110 contests at different (regional, state and national) levels, young researchers present their research projects, which they have designed and implemented themselves. The projects are then evaluated by a jury consisting of renowned experts. At an award ceremony, the winning researchers receive prizes in cash and in kind.
In Dortmund, the award ceremony takes place at DASA, Germany’s largest exhibition on the world of work, and is moderated by Professor Metin Tolan of TU Dortmund.
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Jugend forscht is a joint initiative supported by the Federal government, stern magazine, the business and scientific communities, and schools. The underlying idea of the contest is that enhancing young people’s skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and encouraging them to explore these fields, is a central task and a key for enabling society to cope with the challenges of the future. With 250 partners, the Jugend forscht network is the largest public-private partnership of its kind in Germany. More than 5,000 teaching staff support the initiative on a voluntary basis as project advisors and contest managers, more than 3,000 school and university teachers and representatives from the business sector sit on a Jugend forscht jury. The patron of the initiative is the Federal President. The chair of the Board of Trustees of Stiftung Jugend forscht is the Federal Minister for Education and Research.